Herrington, C Paul
b Bradford, W Yorks 1948. Schools in Bradford and Isle of Wight; RAM 1965 (piano, organ and violin; LRAM, ALCM); Bretton Hall Coll of Education(Cert Ed). He was a secondary schoolteacher in Doncaster, S Yorks, and Brighouse, W Yorks, until being appointed in 1980 as Director of Music at St Aldate’s Oxford. There he arranged, conducted, accompanied and organised music for service, recording 2 albums, ‘Lord of Creation’ and ‘King of kings’. He was involved in writing and arranged a home-produced musical Nehemiah, and led music workshops in America, Australia and Canada. In 1989 he became assistant to the Director of the Music in Worship Trust, visiting churches across the UK to lead weekends and services, with occasional preaching; he arranged and conducted the music for BBC TV ‘Songs of Praise’ from Witney (Oxon) and Norwich and directed a ‘Royal Praise’ (on the ‘Prom Praise’ model) at Oxford’s Apollo Theatre. Then from being an Instrumental teacher of Electronic Keyboard with the Oxfordshire County Music Service, in 2007 he began part-time music teaching in primary schools in the Oxford area. He plays for the parish ch at Ducklington nr Witney, and is MD for the local youth music theatre group. His songwriting began in Bradford in the late 1970s, with more following in Oxford with the church’s music group. His work features in MP, Church Family Worship (1991, a setting of Glory to God in the highest) and elsewhere. While with MWT, he helped to compile Sing with Joy together with David Peacock and Roger Mayor, where BESSELSLEIGH first appeared; he has also composed tunes for some traditional texts. No.949.